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SOCIALIST FEMINISM -- A STRATEGY FOR THE WOMENS MOVEMENT By Hyde Park Chapter Chicago Womens Liberation UnionHeather Booth Day Creamer Susan Davis Deb Dobbin Robin Kaufman Tobey Klass ContactH P Chapter 819 West George Chicago Illinois 60657 Additional copies 50 cents plus mailing costs Bulk rates available on request INTRODUCTION We have written this paper to express and share with other women ideas for a new strategy for the womens movement Currently there are two ideological poles representing the prevailing tendencies within the movement One is the direction toward new lifestyles within a womens culture emphasizing personal liberation and growth and the relationship of women to women Given our real need to break loose from the old patterns----socially psychologically and economically----and given the necessity for new patterns in the post revolutionary society we understand support and enjoy this tendency However when it is the sole emphasis we see it leading more toward a kind of formless insolation rather than to a condition in which we can fight for and win power over our own lives The other direction is one which emphasizes a structural analysis of our society and its economic base It focuses on the ways in which productive relations oppress us This analysis is also correct but its strategy taken alone can easily become or appear to be insensitive to the total lives of women As socialist feminists we share both the personal and the structural analysis We see a combination of the two as essential if we are to become a lasting mass movement We think that it is important to define ourselves as socialist feminists and to start conscious organizing around this strategy This must be done now because of the current state of our movement We have reached a crucial point in our history On the one hand the strengths of our movement are obvious it has become an important force of our time and it
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